The results are in… Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef has won ‘The Eco Award’ in the Smith Hotel Awards 2014!Over 20,000 members of the public voted for their favourite properties all over the world, listed on boutique hotel specialist website Mr & Mrs Smith. We are thrilled to have then been chosen by a panel of specialist judges, including Holy Tuppen, editor of Green Hotelier, Livia Firth, founder of Eco Age and Chris Goreel Barnes, co-founder of the Blue Marine Foundation, as the winner in the Eco Category. “This is an incredible achievement for Wild Bush Luxury and for Sal Salis, and is a testament to the focus and importance we put on operating our wilderness camps in an environmental and sustainable way.” said Wild Bush Luxury CEO Charles Carlow.
The Eco Award looks to champion those hotels that are able to combine luxury and eco-tourism – not the easiest feat! – with Sal Salis being recognised for its commitment to conserving and protecting not only Ningaloo Reef and the Cape Range National Park, but the environment in general, and promoting these ideals to guests all while keeping to a luxury standard.
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef operates under a license agreement with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) in Western Australia, in what is a role model partnership between National Parks and private sector tourism with the ultimate aim of conserving the region’s natural environment through educational and environmentally sound tourism operations. In addition to the park entrance fees, 5% of the business’s turnover goes to DPaW and their conservation work across Western Australia. The rooms, main lodge and boardwalks are raised off the ground to protect flora and fauna and prevent unnecessary erosion, 100% of the camp’s power is solar generated, all water is carried in and all waste is transported out and recycled where possible. The colour of the tents and lodge ensures that the camp blends in naturally with the surrounding landscape. Beachside safari for real… check it out!
We are very proud to be recognised among the list of other Australian hotels, resorts and lodges that have dominated the Smith Awards this year with Sydney’s 1888 winning ‘Best Budget Boutique’, Emirates Wolgan Valley winning the ‘Best for Families’ category and Southern Ocean Lodge winning the ‘Above and Beyond’ award. Click here to see the entire list of winners for the Smith Awards 2014 and thank you to all who voted.